DACA, TPS, & Uncertainty: Immigrant Lives in the Contemporary U.S

deadline for submissions: 
March 31, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
La Ceiba

La Ceiba: The Undergraduate Journal of Central American Studies is now accepting submissions for its spring 2018 special issue, themed “DACA, TPS, & Uncertainty: Immigrant Lives in the Contemporary U.S.” From the White House and State Capitols to city councils, immigration policies are currently intensely debated and contested, resulting in a myriad of changes in federal, state, and municipal laws. Deferred Action for Unaccompanied Minors (DACA) and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) are two of these policies that are presently the subject of much debate by political parties, anti-immigrant lobbyists, pro-immigrant activists, immigrants, and scholars, among others. We are particularly interested in DACA and TPS because they affect the immigrant populations we serve.


It is because of our commitment to serving these immigrant communities—and because media coverage largely focuses on the highest political levels of the immigration debate, and not on how the changes in these laws affect the lives of immigrant communities across the country—that we invite submissions that address our theme. It is important for those directly impacted and allies to share their experiences and thoughts about the plight of these immigration programs. Our aim is to contribute to this on-going discussion with an interdisciplinary, curated collection that involves community grassroots efforts, artistic responses, personal narratives, as well as academic and legal perspectives.


Who Are We?

At La Ceiba, we pride ourselves in giving students a voice in a pressing, groundbreaking field whose readers include not only CSUN students, but also local and global scholars in Central America and abroad. Thus, you have the distinct opportunity to showcase your work in a platform where transnational dialogues flourish.


Submission Guidelines

We welcome submissions from graduate and undergraduate university students of any discipline. Submissions:

  • must address the theme
  • can pertain to any immigrant communities affected by DACA/TPS
  • can be of any genre: photo essays, performances, fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, scholarly papers, and artistic work of all kinds
  • can also include genre-bending, hybrid, multi-lingual, and multimodal texts

How Do I Submit?

Send submissions or questions to csun.cas.la.ceiba@gmail.com.

  • Include name and college affiliation.
  • Include a short abstract of 100-200 words with any submission.
  • Prose can range from 1,000 words to a maximum of 25 pages.
  • Poetry can be of any length but there is a maximum of 10 poems.
  • Poetry and prose files must be submitted as a Word document.
  • Photography/art can be of any style but there is a maximum of 10 pieces. You can send us watermarked work or samples. If we accept your work, we will then ask for publishable files.

Please note:We are open to submissions not covered in this CFP. Please query us.


All submissions will receive a response by April 16, 2018.

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